Health center and new prison financing bills among the six that pass | Guam News
Two funding bills, one for a new billion dollar hospital and related health care facilities, and the other for a new prison facility, were passed by the Legislative Assembly in Guam on Monday. evening, as did a war claims bill and a number of other measures discussed in the September session. .
Bill 121-36, the Health Care Financing Bill, and Bill 153-36, the Penitentiary Facilities Bill, received unanimous support, with two lawmakers – the vice -President Tina Muna Barnes and Senator Mary Torres – apologized for the vote on Monday.
Bill 121, in particular, is slow in coming because it was initially part of the July legislative session before being sent back to committee for amendments.
“Tonight, we passed Bills 121 and 153, breathing new life into an effort that will kick off the process of building a new state-of-the-art medical campus and a new prison facility. instead, we are addressing the challenges we have faced for decades and working together to ensure that the health and safety of our people remains our priority, ”said Senator Joe San Agustin, one of the major sponsors of the two bills in his closing remarks Monday.
Lawmakers also passed Bills 130-36 and 165-36, measures which, respectively, fill a gap in the payment of war claims and remove the cap on fines for violations of soil erosion regulations. and sediment control.
Bill 130 directs the governor to submit a payment plan for claimants who failed to meet the one-year filing deadline under the WWII Guam Loyalty Recognition Act.
“No amount of money or material compensation can atone for the suffering of the past, but the passage of Bill 130-36 is the first step in ensuring that every survivor of war receives the justice that is due to him,” Barnes, one of Bill’s main sponsors. 130, said in a statement after the vote. “I strongly disagree with amendments to this bill which will force our greatest generation to wait even longer than the original bill required. However, justice delayed further is justice denied more, and I will do all I can to make sure that this flawed legislation lives up to the promises of justice we have made. “
Amendments to Bill 130 include the incorporation of an adjudication committee and reporting requirements.
Bill 165 was introduced in the wake of the Mangilao Solar Park incident, in which stormwater runoff affected nearby residences and the historic Marbo Cave. Due to the current caps, the Guam Environmental Protection Agency could only impose a fine of up to $ 125,000 on the project contractor, who allegedly failed to implement the control plans of the project. erosion approved.
“We must act to hold those responsible for the blatant disregard of our environmental laws accountable for their actions. These laws are in place to protect the health and safety of our future generations here in Guam,” said the President. Therese Terlaje, a major sponsor of Bill 165, said in a statement.
Bill 116-36 – on improving the capacity of organizations to fight against illegal dumping
Bill 165-36 – removes the cap on civil penalties for violating Guam’s soil erosion and sediment control regulations
Bill 111-36 – requires HIV testing of those accused of abuse or criminal sexual conduct at the request of the victim
Bill 130-36 – relating to compensation for war survivors who have passed the deadline for filing claims under the Guam WWII Loyalty Recognition Act
Bill 121-36 – the financing measure for a 21st century health center
Bill 153-36 – bill to finance a new penitentiary establishment